When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter
Publisher: Tor Teen
Expected publication: September 12th, 2017
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
A teenage girl calls her beloved older brother back from the grave with disastrous consequences.
Dashiell Bohnacker was hell on his family while he was alive. But it’s even worse now that he’s dead….
After her troubled older brother, Dashiell, dies of an overdose, sixteen-year-old Ruby is overcome by grief and longing. What she doesn’t know is that Dashiell’s ghost is using her nightly dreams of him as a way to possess her body and to persuade her twin brother, Everett, to submit to possession as well.
Dashiell tells Everett that he’s returned from the Land of the Dead to tie up loose ends, but he’s actually on the run from forces crueler and more powerful than anything the Bohnacker twins have ever imagined….
I was hoping I would love this book, but it was nothing like what I was expecting. I really didn’t like it…
I really enjoy paranormal stories, especially ones that make me believe it could actually be real. And although this one felt scary, it mainly felt messed up and it didn’t grip me at all. I was so confused and bored, I couldn’t care less about any of it.
Basically, this story is about Dash after he died due to an overdose. He was loved by everyone, especially his sister Ruby and also Everett (Ruby’s twin brother). But although Dash is dead it doesn’t mean he is completely gone, and so he starts visiting Ruby in her dreams trying to reach her, to possess her and her brother, to escape the world he is in now.
Sounds awesome right? Well, it wasn’t. I couldn’t understand Ruby’s
obsession love for Dash. It was irrational since he is basically the worst person ever. And although I understand that he was very good manipulating people it still didn’t make me believe Ruby could be that stupid.
Dash is a narcissist and an idiot. I couldn’t care less what would happen to him. But above all, I couldn’t handle a lot of things that happen because of him. Some of them just disgusted me and made me highly uncomfortable. I just couldn’t and I even thought about DNFing it after that (although I clearly didn’t because I was still hoping it could get better. Well, the tidy bit it did, didn’t really compensate the rest).
And then, we have Everett. I actually enjoyed his character until the point where he starts to be pitied and I just started losing interest. But he was the best of them all.
The characters were just very weird and not very realistic in my opinion. They were very unreliable which I normally love, but in this case did not. Especially Ruby… She was so incredibly annoying! She couldn’t make up her mind about anything, she didn’t have any other thought that didn’t include Dash in it and I just couldn’t understand her. Until the point, I started to understand and I just had to close the book because it was that bad.
And then we still have the villain of the story, that once again didn’t make sense to me. He just sort of appeared and that’s about it. There wasn’t much reason for him to be like he was or even to be there at all.
To sum up, the characters were weird and I couldn’t understand them, and I’m basically on the verge of hating them.
I really wanted to like this book and I thought the idea was really great, I didn’t really like the execution. Even the world that was supposed to feel dark and thrilling did nothing for me…
I didn’t have any problem with the writing tho, so I do intend on trying other books from the author, especially Vassa in the Night that I heard to be really good and I love anything with Russian folklore in it. Hopefully, I will like it better than this one, because this book was definitely not for me.
Do you enjoy supernatural books? What’s your favorite? What did you think of this one? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!